David Yonan


David Yonan

Internationally acclaimed concert violinist David Yonan gave his Carnegie Hall Debut in 2015 as 1st Prize winner of the International Alexander & Buono String Competition New York. A three-time Global Music Award winner in 2015, Yonan was born in Berlin, and quickly recognized as a child prodigy after winning the Berlin Youth Competition at age ten. He made his recital debut in Berlin, Moscow and St. Petersburg at age eleven. A year later, he debuted in the Berlin Philharmonic Hall as a soloist with the Berlin Symphony Orchestra and was invited the following year by conductor Gerd Albrecht to perform at the “Violinists of the 21st Century”concert at the Berlin Philharmonic Hall, which was televised globally by Deutsche Welle TV. The Berliner Morgenpost wrote, “Yonan is a name to memorize for the future,” while legendary American violinist Ruggiero Ricci wrote, “Yonan is one of the most gifted violinists of his generation.” In 1995 Price Waterhouse released his Debut CD with American pianist Anne Marie McDermott, as part of the ‘wrapped Reichstag” Project in Berlin of artists Christo and Jeanne Claude, featuring works of Bach, Tartini, Schumann and Wieniawski.
In 2001, the celebrated violin pedagogue Dorothy DeLay selected him as a young artist of the inaugural Starling DeLay Violin Symposium at the Julliard School where he performed with Itzhak Perlman, and subsequently made his recital debut at the Aspen Music Festival with pianist Evan Solomon.

Yonan is a winner of several international competitions, most recently First prize winner at the 2015 Alexander & Buono International String Competition New York. He has also been awarded First Prizes in the International Ruggiero Ricci Competition Berlin, the International “Luis Sigall” Vina del Mar Competition Chile, the International Kloster Schoental Competition Germany, and the International Queen Sophie Charlotte Competition, Germany, and the Brahms Prize of the International Carl Flesch Academy, Baden-Baden, among others.

Yonan has toured as a soloist throughout the United States, Europe and South America with major orchestras in prestigious concert halls around the globe, such as Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Chamber Orchestra, Frankfurt Philharmonic, Baden-Badener Philharmonic, Goettinger Symphoniker, Nuremberg Symphony, Santiago de Chile Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Symphonia, Highland Park Strings and members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, under such distinguished conductors as Gerd Albrecht, Isaiah Jackson, Dieter Kober, James Mack, Victor Puhl, Michael Guettler, Fausto Nardi, Francesco Milliotto, Robert Hasty, Anatol Lysenka, and others. He has performed on TV and radio for major networks and radio stations, including ABC, NBC, CBS, and the German ARD and ZDF networks.

A champion of new music, Yonan has worked with distinguished composers, including Arvo Pärt, John Adams, Steve Reich, Augusta Read Thomas, Ilya Levinson, Sandro Fazzolari, and Kirsten Broberg, among others. He is one of a select few violinists who have performed the complete cycles of the 24 Paganini Caprices, the 6 Bach Solo sonatas and Partitas and the 6 Ysaye Sonatas in live concerts, earning him standing ovations at the Aspen Music Festival, in Berlin, Germany, and in Chicago.

Highlights of the 2015-16 Season include the critically acclaimed CD release “Four Centuries” with pianist Susan Merdinger, which was awarded with two Global Music Awards and a Carnegie Hall Debut at the Alexander and Buono International String Competition winners concert in New York, as well as the world-premiere of “Assyrian Lament” for violin and orchestra, written by Ilya Levinson for Yonan with the Highland Park Strings at the North Shore Center of the Performing Arts Chicago. In June 2016 he emabarks on the ambitious project of performing the Complete Sonatas for Violin and Piano by Beethoven for WMFT and begins recording the sequel recording, Four Centuries II, with Susan Merdinger. In summer 2016 he will be on the faculty of the International Montecito Music Festival California. Lincoln Center Stage, New York has invited him to perform on an international tour, starting in the fall of 2016.

Formerly the Coordinator of Strings and visiting Artist-In-Residence at Columbia College-Chicago, and Founder/Director of the Chamber Strings at North Park University, he has presented masterclasses and guest lectures at Northwestern University, University of Chicago, San Francisco State University and the Franz Liszt Music Academy in Weimar, Germany. Yonan is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Fine Arts Music Society and Festival Chicago, which is now in its 13th season, as well as Director of the Adiana Strings Academy.

Yonan studied at the Berlin Music Academy “Hanns Eisler” under Professor Werner Scholz, where he earned his Masters and Soloist Diploma on a scholarship from the prestigous German Study Foundation and at Northwestern University with Roland and Almita Vamos on a full scholarship of the German Academic Exchange Program and the Assyrian Universal Alliance Foundation, as well as in masterclasses and private studies with Ruggiero Ricci, Christoph Poppen, Saschko Gawriloff and Michel Schwalbe.